The two vehicles are both P 320 B4x2NB models with 4,350mm wheelbases, 9-litre Scania engines and Allison MD3000 series six-speed automatic gearboxes.
Supplied by Scania (Great Britain), both are equipped with Scania CP17N day cabs and additional equipment includes Scania’s hill hold/autohold electro-pneumatic handbrake, which automatically applies the handbrake if the ignition is switched off, the driver’s seatbelt is unfastened, or the driver’s door is opened.
Bodywork is by Ayrshire-based Emergency One (UK). Developed in partnership with Scania and Humberside Fire & Rescue, the units have lightweight polypropylene superstructures, allowing for more equipment to be carried.
“The introduction of these two new vehicles marks a major step forward in updating our fleet,” comments Ben Kelly, group manager for service support at Humberside Fire & Rescue Service.
“Both units are fitted out with a range of heavy cutting gear, heavy shoring, heavy-duty airbags and many other items which are not found on our regular fire appliances.”
One unit will be based in Hull, the other in Scunthorpe, where local Scania dealers will manage the two-year full R&M packages.
“These two vehicles will take our 43-strong heavy frontline fleet to 100% Scania,” continues Kelly.
“We find that by investing in Scania we reap the benefits over the long term – we look to a 17-20 year in-service life for our Scania appliances.”